Amherst Opens Title Run with Sweep of Bishops

Amherst Opens Title Run with Sweep of Bishops


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – For the 24th consecutive season, Amherst College women's tennis has recorded a victory in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Mammoths swept past North Carolina Wesleyan 5-0 on Saturday morning at The University of Mary Washington outdoor tennis courts to move into the Third Round of the Championships.

Camille Smukler '20 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 both quickly earned the two singles points needed to seal the decision for Amherst (11-9), after the Purple and White had seized control of proceedings with a sweep in doubles play.

Ivenitsky was part of a first doubles team with Avery Wagman '18 that took the first point of the day for Amherst with an 8-1 win over Stephany Barbera and Talitha Rowen.

Just behind them came Smukler and Maddie Dewire '20, who dispatched Florencia Sorrentino and Ana Aguilar 8-0.

Vickie Ip '18 and Kelsey Chen '19 completed the triple at doubles with an 8-6 win at #2 against Nicole Halabi and Giulia Zanetti.

Once singles play began, Ivenitsky wasted no time in collecting a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Rowen at the #4 position.

Smukler, playing at the top flight, handled Sorrentino in short order as well, with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout.

Chen, Dewire and Wagman had also taken the first sets of their matches, though  Zanetti had battled to a 6-2 first set win over Ip at #2 singles for NC Wesleyan.

The Battling Bishops, champions of the USA South Tournament, end their season with an impressive 13-4 record.

Amherst advances to Sunday's regional final, where they will play either hosts Mary Washington or Washington & Lee for a spot in the final eight in Claremont, California.